Things to do in Koh Chang Thailand
Being an island surrounded by crystal clear water, with beaches up there amongst the best in Asia and in the centre of the Marine National Park, it's hardly surprising that many activities are water based. But, like Phuket, Koh Chang is a mountainous island with dramatic waterfalls and rainforest clad hills.
Scuba Diving: There are 52 islands in the Koh Chang Marine National Islands, making for tremendous dive opportunities. Some of the islands are well visited and there should be some care taken by the diving community to ensure damage is not done to these precious underwater gems.
It's well known that there are responsible divers and others who are not caring about the underwater environment they enjoy. Some of the best dive sites are to the south of Koh Chang, around the rocky islands of Koh Rang.
In this area the species of marine life include barracuda fish, parrot fish, stingrays and butterfly fish. Visibility varies from 3 meters to 25 meters and divers can go to depths of around 25 meters.
To the west, the three islands of Koh Yak, Koh Luan and Koh Tong Lang have some of the best coral reefs in the marine park. Most of the dive boats use Bang Bao as the departure point for the trips out to the islands.
If diving is something you have always wanted to do, there are plenty of PADI courses available on Koh Chang. One such diving school is www.bbdivers.com
Mountain Treks: There are elephant treks into the jungle areas of the island lasting an hour or two hours. The longer trek visits rivers and mountain areas, and elephant bathing. The elephant camp at Ban Kwan Chang is supported by the Asian Elephant Foundation and provides a natural habitat for the elephants and the mahouts.
It is also possible to take a walking trek, but a guide is essential. There are still wild boars on the island and they can be dangerous. A typical trek will take you to the higher parts of the island at 500 meters and to see waterfalls such as the Klong Son.
Trekkers should be reasonably fit – remember to take bottled water since it can get very hot and humid in this part of the world making dehydration something to consider.
Mountain Biking: Bikes can be rented for mountain biking and tours by bike
Fishing: White Sand Beach has a number of companies offering fishing trips out to the surrounding waters of Koh Chang. There are no fishing tackle rental shops here so you should bring your own. Lighter gear is available such as lines and hooks
Kayaking/ Sea Canoeing: Hotels can arrange for kayaks to be rented out, often from their own beaches
Massage and Spas: Traditional Thai massage is one of the finest experiences in Asia, and on Koh Chang there are a number of excellent spas. Most are associated to the better resort hotels
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